Endoscopic Stents for Palliation in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

  • Richard C. K. Wong
  • David L. Carr-Locke


Pancreatic carcinoma is a common, biologically aggressive malignancy that has a very poor prognosis. Management requires a multidisciplinary approach, with input from the subspecialties of surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, oncology, radiology, and radiation oncology. The only potentially curative form of treatment is surgical resection, although most patients present late in the course, with unresectable disease. Approximately 20% of patients presenting with malignant obstructive jaundice undergo some form of surgery (either resection or palliative bypass). The remaining 80% are managed nonsurgically. For this group of patients, who either have unresectable disease, refuse surgery, or are medically unfit for surgery, endoscopic palliation of symptoms should be strongly considered. Indeed, over the last decade, endoscopic palliation of malignant biliary obstruction has become an acceptable, and preferred, alternative to surgical bilioenteric bypass; this is achieved by the endoscopic placement of either plastic or metallic endoprostheses (stents).


Biliary Obstruction Metallic Stents Gastric Outlet Obstruction Plastic Stents Stent Occlusion 
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